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resort and spa. with the week's top stories this is. a costly rescue the e.u. approves of. demonstrations rock the country in protest of the. hundreds of thousands of public sector workers in the u.k. take part in a national day of strikes and attempted to fight the government's plans to change their pensions. these. is a piece of cake rich guys. have more than one hundred million dollars abroad so we have to. spoke exclusively with the son about why his country is it will.
explain why the. except after you deliver the aid to the enclave of the campaigners. look back at the top stories from the past seven days and the latest developments this is the weekly on r.t. the latest payout of e.u. bailout funds for the greek economy will be released in the next two weeks that's according to euro zone finance ministers without the money athens will default on its loans within days but the rescue package comes at a price which has a public outraged earlier this week the greek parliament passed radical austerity measures demanded by the european union and international monetary fund and backed the plan despite protests on the streets of athens three days of demonstrations left hundreds injured as angry crowds clashed with police who responded with tear
gas and stun grenades financial journalist dimitri kovtun us has been with protesters at syntagma square the focal point of the unrest. i think the only real option for them right now for the protesters and for the greek people is if some sort of political option or movement develops out of a society out of the ranks of ordinary people who are intelligent or capable who come from universities who have some idea of what the country needs according to scholars here in greece or constitutional scholars and former members of the government they claim that the measure unconstitutional the first place because you need one hundred eighty members of parliament to pass this legislation first of all second of all they can pass whatever they like but if the people don't agree to it and the people are not willing to sit down and take it it doesn't really matter what they pass and that's what we're seeing here right now what you're looking to have happen is you're you're going to see a fall of this government at some point i've said if things really of the violence is a really big issue because if if the violence if this results in casualties not just massive injuries then that's going to that's going to lead to a collapse of this government will that mean that the next government will come in
and actually do something productive maybe maybe not but then that governments have to fall to i don't see the people in this country lying down there's a report that the head of the pharmaceutical national pharmaceutical station here in greece is going to be filing a lawsuit along with other people against the government for use of illegal substances because these weren't just it was just tear gas there were other chemicals in including us fixating agents and that's why you see a lot of people here i saw them myself and a lot of people other people saw them passing out not being able to breathe people inside the metro station not being able to breathe a hospital for that reason people are very angry here and a very upset and they understand what's going on and understand these measures are not going to help them and their future. and the fear that the e.u. cash won't help is backed up by critics in the bay now to argue that the money will be used to pay off banks and help the people of greece. explains. on the streets of voices of discontent including loud. it's
a war we did not create so i was going to pay for this that we. the fight against economic ruin the second bailout is an attempt to prevent greece from defaulting on its previous limit payments that the greek people will be seeing a penny. of this buyout money actually comes into the greek economy it all goes out interest payments repayments also battles on save the banks and prevent a large scale financial crisis for the people the price is simply too high they see their income don't going down they see taxes taxes taxes and nothing else their money does not go to very early corner me here is struggling against partial sterett he measures has meant the government now faces an electorate opposed to another bailout that's been a lot of people are asking when the troika that the i.m.f.
european central bank and the e.u. that provided that initial to the tune of one hundred ten billion euros get a little past the bear and move on to plan b. because the thought the quest to manage another bailout package and pay back that loan for a lot of people is that they are realistic in fact when it comes to the troika many people now in greece simply don't want their help their actions is being born as a self-interest. to get. out. are going to get all this they. i mean. they are going to get almost everything in the bailout would certainly come it's a high cost for the cuts in public spending raising taxes and an aggressive privatization program that would mean the sale of many quit public assets one of the reasons that everybody is so determined to keep greece in the euro is so that
the banks don't have to take a serious hit on their faulty lending policies. there's a little on the holy alliance of politicians and bankers versus ordinary people it's a fight that the people say they're not prepared to. see athens. well still to come this year an arty the aftermath of japan's biggest nuclear disaster. there are no concrete boundaries that can clearly guarantee your safety one example is this looks like a beautiful lush green valley behind me but in fact this is the very edge of the twenty kilometer exclusion zone that the government has set up japanese people lose faith in their government as they accuse it of being reckless with their safety. that's still to come for you but first greece was not the only country to be hit by protests this week as u.k. public sector workers took part in a national day of strikes on thursday hundreds of thousands of teachers and civil
servants voiced their discontent with government plans to change their pensions for the country state schools were closed and disruption was caused to traffic during the biggest industrial action in decades emmett's has the story. down tools up with industrial action an autumn of discontent starts here this time it's the public sector workers walking out on happy with the planned reform of their pensions which they say will see them paying a lot more and getting a lot less they're going to have to make more profit. yet if. i work for me it's not easy to think yeah it will take the changes that i may consider pensions or very necessary to fix a way to address it so i think we do need to make cutbacks in set things up being. tried and tried to teach it branches by side much as it is these people do
a huge variety of key work from teaches and lecturers to air traffic controllers and coast guards unisons the u.k.'s biggest public sector trade union deputy chief ball babble a says his one point three million members already for prolonged industrial action and we're almost a war footing we've got thirty million pain set aside and we've got a strategy work but i must stress that's not what we want to do we want to talk to the government and negotiate a sensible package nor the ridiculous package of their proposal at the moment that package involves raising the retirement age from sixty to sixty six raising pension contributions by workers and having payouts based on average career earnings rather than final salary the unions admit public support is fundamental the government's very unlikely to change its mind about reforms if the public at large doesn't back
the unions but that's by no means a short public sector workers do already get very generous pensions and the cost of those pensions is very much under the carpet and the burden falls on to the next generation a great is absolutely essential that public sector pay. reform don't even after they are reformed public sector workers will get far better pensions and most private sector workers the unions want to apply enough pressure to force the government to change its mind and it's no stranger to you turns it was hell bent on reforming the health service too until it decided to take longer to think about it causing friction in the coalition the government is doing this to reduce a current fifty billion dollar pension bill but it may be cutting off its nose to spite its face the wider issue here according to the new u.k. pension fund used to live in a part of me if public sector work it's no don't to think that pensions are what while it made me stop contributing to that if there was
a widespread withdrawal pension funds would collapse and that would mean you take p.l.o. the very shores of investment just what it means that more than ever your avatar to london. and an activist from the anti tax avoidance group daniel garvan says that the government's cuts of penalizing the wrong people. government's line is that any any changes to the pensions or any other public said to cuts are entirely necessary because we have such a large debt we need to remember where this debt came from this came from eight hundred fifty billion pounds that was pumped into the banking sector a couple of years ago and still continues to this day so we have a debt and now we've got to ask ourselves how do we deal with that and instead of going after the buy it was the cause of the financial crisis and some of the wealthiest people in our society were avoiding some twenty five billion tax pounds in tax every single year the government plans to basically go after ordinary working people and today if you've been struggling over pensions is just one of
many public sector cuts to come over the next cult following is basically this a huge amount of anger in this country because it's incredibly unfair that ordinary working people have nothing to do with the financial crisis are being asked to pay for a crisis that was caused by by the. coming up this hour here in order to cross clara she can find out why the demolition of a religious monument in ukraine has led to a lot. nato says it stepping up air strikes on libya to turn the course of its campaign against colonel gadhafi forces leaflets dropped from coalition planes a bombing run could happen any place any time the alliance claims to be hitting only military targets but a growing number of innocent libyans say they fear from the skies brussels already apologized for killing civilians by mistake tripoli claims the number of reported deaths is said to be much higher than nato is willing to admit kind of gadhafi is now threatening to retaliate against europe unless the air strikes storm. is on the
front line. the road from the capital tripoli to brag is lined with the aftermath of war towns abandoned as the population fled the bombardment. this is what's left of the airport in the. home to one of the country's key oil refineries the last plane took off from this runway just hours before it was hate. to say so it's only been the targets of military value well call say these telecommunications towers so to stop the. destroyer. would this is a safe bet to strike they've also accidentally. two cars and killed two civilians since there is no t.v. in this area as we can see. it has also been disrupted. there is no water and no electricity what used to be heaven. has become hell towards home now.
i have nine children and i send them all to my relatives abroad i don't want them to see their mother who is in such a condition. from the small poor not far from brad gas used to flow to europe. we used to produce fuel to send to them and now see they destroy it all this is terrible and ridiculous at the same time the closer you get to the front line the more you feel it you can hear the war and you can even read it on. jobs just before the bombs arrive. this run so as you can see there is a sign here an arabic name taylor is here in libya to enforce and i'll fly zone over the country to protect civilians on the other side there is another sign also in arabic saying that nato can attack any place at any time. any time happened three times over several hours while we were filming regulators major
parties where the frontline is dividing the country into two parts into two swear one side is going to put one flashpoint between the rebels and gadhafi forces it's a very important point to quote case gets in a firm hand on this town would mean taking control over the country's economy all facilities seem to be a rare target that nato bombs never land on while it looks like the civilian population can hardly. they were like my family not just going to the shop to buy some foods and this happened six of them died i couldn't believe it and this used to be a restaurant for all companies staff friends gathered after work. we were eating with my colleagues then there was a blast we knew what it was we tried to help those who were trapped but then the helicopters came and started to shoot at us. from one street to another the stories
are repeated. by our problem i don't. really know so every man every day every day did them being a big killed our civilians but there's been nothing from this country this is from libya well those voices become more and more frequent is the sound of exploding bombs and warplanes drowns them out. r t tripoli. the african union is calling on member states to refute the arrest warrant issued by the hague this week against colonel gadhafi if you will as action doesn't back the criminal courts request the libyan leader will be able to travel freely across africa he has gained exclusive access to the colonel son who is also wanted for war crimes saif gadhafi says the word is a share after nato is attempts to kill him and his family. this chorus is it is it is a mickey mouse court come on the accuse me of killing people. the sentence. of
you know the capital punishment so they decided to kill me and and did kill my brother and destroy my house so this is me to execute you so now you are talking about arrest me demands are going to kill me and you are after me every day you are trying to find me and to get me over there my brother so does the boy number two just to tell you that it's a free court. they are trying to negotiate with us a deal to have this deal with ticket of the court what does it mean that means is the court is controlled by those countries. which attack us every day this is just to put psychological political pressure but it. and you can see our full exclusive interview with current. gadhafi son in just over an hour from now but if you want to see it before then just log on to our team dot
com that's our website where you can watch it right now. activists from the aid flotilla to gaza have taken to the streets of athens in defiance of the authorities decision to ban the vessels from leaving port their demands are for the release of their ships and one of the captains to continue their humanitarian voyage towards palestine campaigners claim the athens decision is due to pressure from the us and israel who think use of trying to sabotage their mission if the tiller was being compared to a turkish convoy that was stormed by israeli marines last may resulting in nine deaths meanwhile the palestinian leader mahmoud abbas has accepted a greek offer to deliver humanitarian aid to gaza in place of the parties correspondent is in the greek capital with the latest. activists from the so-called freedom flotilla to have gathered in athens to protest decision to ban their vessels from leaving greek ports if you do gates were chosen to engage in
talks with authorities and try to release the captain in custody and let the ship. stand a decision of authorities is unlawful as athens has not provided any explanation to why this material has been detained in the first place members of european parliament who are part of the humanitarian mission of trying to pressure the e.u. and the u.n. to interfere and stop greece from unlawfully keeping the last was in port. by the way we have more exclusive coverage of the freedom flotilla story for you online on the web site that's dot com. porter he. remains one of those detained providing regular updates from the scene. at the moment if you missed the international film festival get a roundup of all the action all available. at r.t. .
leon panetta has been sworn in as the new u.s. defense secretary replacing robert gates who held the post for over four years panetta now faces the challenge of assuring victory in america's overseas wars but artie's been told by a retired u.s. army general that if the military is to succeed and he's to be more energy efficient. i don't think we're going to see any major changes in pentagon policies i'm hoping though that he will do something about the a tremendous energy expenditure is that the united states army to expand the iraq and afghanistan we have a tremendously inefficient energy base over there and we need to do something about it i'm hoping that it'll bring about some change for the money should be using the united states to work domestic programs i mean we're essentially bankrupt in many elements of the of our nation in order to win this war in iraq and afghanistan from
what my point is that we can be expending energy there by twenty smarter than we are and i mean if you understand the relationship between energy efficiency and military effectiveness then you can see we can win the war and we can actually actually save a lot of money and i'm hoping that secretary panetta will do something about that my point is that there is a very simple easy pragmatic approach and that is essentially insulating our structures in iraq and afghanistan and we can say really we're presently spending about twenty billion dollars a year simply dirty dish being inefficient structures in our economy as well i think americans should be outraged that we're not doing more to spend or energy consumer energy in a smart way pakistan is turning up he told washington urging americans to leave a military and these drone strikes on the afghan border region have been launched from the site pakistan's been protesting against the attacks for unions calling them nation of its sovereignty dry bones have killed schools of civilians by mistake on many occasions pakistani political analyst ahmed cray she believes the
violence will continue until washington ends its war on terror. one of the main reasons for the for the continuation of violent activity on the pakistan of gonna stand border is the mess that the us military has created inside of coniston over the past decade the mass there the way they have alienated a large portion segment of the afghan population in terms of the push to try to the way they have conducted the war on terror there the way they have alienated a large pockets really of the country is a big reason for why we have a country new mission of violence in afghanistan and how that violence is spilling over into pakistan and most pakistani commentators believe now that one of the ways short short cuts really to controlling violence and extremism on the pakistan afghanistan border is really to end the war on terror the way the u.s. military and the way the cia has been conducting this war over the past ten years
one step forward is of course what president obama has declared but you still words were get to see really actions on the ground and we have yet to see whether important agencies within the u.s. government like the central intelligence agency the cia would really cooperate. and that was pakistani political analyst. well time now to check on other international news we're covering in brief today world update bangladeshi police have arrested over one hundred people in the capital dhaka they were demonstrating against a gas exploration deal with the us which they say could rob the country of its natural resources officials painted contractors needed to meet bangladeshis growing energy demand the strike force local stores schools and businesses in the capital to close. in iraq five policemen were kidnapped and killed at a checkpoint in the western province of amber control there is a known al qaeda stronghold in the center of iraq's insurgency the attack took
place on a major road linking iraq with syria and jordan the gunmen were in uniform driving a stolen police vehicle. italian police again clash with demonstrators west of the city of cheer in protesting against the construction of a high speed rail link tunnel through the alps stones and petrol bombs were thrown at officers who responded with tear gas to disperse the crowd several arrests were made and at least thirty policemen were injured many residents between the french border say a rail link would ruin the landscape and claim that could damage the region's. results suggest the opposition leader has. become the first woman to take the country's top ranking position and that by the sister of premier. the few toy party of the five hundred parliamentary seats result could mean the former leader may return home from self-imposed exile in dubai the vote follows five years of political chaos violent protests and a military coup. japan is no closer to resolving its nuclear crisis triggered by
the earthquake and tsunami high levels of radiation continue to be detected near the stricken power plant despite the government declaring it's safe for people to live nearby but authorities sean thomas discovered when it comes to their safety the people of japan no longer have faith in their government. in a culture that is generally non-confrontational and obedient when thousands take to the streets of tokyo against nuclear energy it is a serious sign of discontent if after this crisis it is true that the people are more conscious and we need to take advantage of it this is the first time since the second world war the japanese people have no trust in the government he was a coastal city devastated by the earthquake the tsunami and on the edge of the radiation exclusion zone is starting on the long road to recovery but the people living here say the government just isn't doing enough from the city hall like iraq city they said different things like perfect or they said different things and the
government they said different things. they are not together. or. part of the country. they are a part but some believe it is too early to tell what the real dangers of the situation or scientists who know that large doses of radiation given in one blast is a significant health threat but they say there isn't enough information about long term exposure to lower doses of radiation and the types of damage it can do if you check it here. at ideation level and then you check debriefs and when you take water you always feel have different values because it's so close and it's so changing so you can hardly say but it's really exceeds what a normal person would have by a year one of the frightening things about this entire incident is that there are no concrete boundaries that can clearly guarantee your safety one example is this looks like a beautiful lush green valley behind me but in fact this is the very edge of the
twenty kilometer exclusion zone that the government has set up in fact we're trying to get a little bit closer but were escorted out by a police officer and a topic of personal now although this is supposed to be a safe area the radiation levels here are still between seven and ten times higher than normal weather from misinformation or made. understanding the people who live in the affected areas don't always take the proper precautions here a volunteer works to clean up toxic radioactive hot spots with hardly any protection at all a problem that some say is compounded by government propaganda accentuating the benefits while neglecting to inform about the dangers of nuclear waste. the first thing the government should do is let the citizens know the real cost of nuclear energy until now the priority has been to profit from energy the p.r. machine of the government has been emphasising the benefit of nuclear energy and the citizens have been brainwashed to believe it now in the wake of an international crisis and there are allegations that the government and the power
companies have worked out a deal to help each other and that the media has been bought off the t.v. channels need the money from advertisement and the nuclear energy companies pay a lot with at this money they cannot survive and for that reason i have to shut up about the situation the newspapers have this problem as well a move that if true keeps the important information hidden from the people saving face for those in charge in japan chiang thomas. hundreds of ethnic cossacks have been involved in a mass brawl with ukrainian special forces over the removal of a religious monument in the crimean peninsula the with an ox christian cross was erected in the resort city affair. defying a local authority ban on the monument as a result it was demolished earlier this week despite opposition from local residents on the three hundred pristine not for the city in protest towards the site of the crash but soon as passed by police violent confrontations then broke out resulting in fifteen people being seriously injured. well in